Quotes by Vanda Scaravelli

By catherine on August 12, 2009

Vanda Scaravelli has inspired many people, and continues to do so even to this very day.  Her style of yoga was pioneering, and many yoga teachers today base their practice on what is referred to as ‘Scaravelli Inspired Yoga’.

I would highly recommend the following book to anybody who would like to read more about Vanda Scaravelli and her approach to yoga.

Vanda Scaravelli, book, health, vitality, energy, bks Iyengar, awakening the spineAwakening the Spine: Yoga for Health, Vitality and Energy (Paperback)
B.K.S.Iyengar (forward), Vanda Scaravelli (Author)

A long awaited reprint of this classical work revised by Vanda’s daughter and based on extensive notes left by the author allowing the book to be published for the first time as Vanda intended. Even if you have the first edition, it’s still worth investing in this one to see how Vanda’s ideas subtly changed. Superbly illustrated with iconic pictures of Vanda as well as inspiring photographs and images to set the tone. A book to treasure.

 

Vanda Scaravelli Quotes

Here are a few of the Vanda Scaravelli quotes I’ve discovered over the years:

Vanda Scaravelli from the book Awakening The Spine‘There is no beauty without love and there is no love without beauty.  What is beauty? Are love and beauty interconnected? Does beauty derive from love? Or does love derive from beauty?  You will discover the amazing transformation in a person when she is loved, she blossoms, becoming more beautiful each day.  When we love what we are doing there is beauty in it and even the more insignificant work becomes attractive.  Love has no barriers, it is like a pool spring, pouring water endlessly. And it is perhaps this absence of limitation that gives wings to fly.  Beauty is the absence of a definite determined action, the freedom from slavery to an already formed ideal that drives us in a particular direction eliminates all other possibilities to wander among the many adventurous, and sometimes dangerous, roads. Beauty gives also the pleasure to uncover and the luxury to lose.’
Vanda Scaravelli 

‘The art of teaching is clarity and the art of learning is to listen.’
Vanda Scaravelli 

‘Elongation and extension can only occur when the pulling and the pushing comes to an end; this is the revolution.’
Vanda Scaravelli 

‘Practice transforms us. We need to eat less, because we assimilate more and therefore there is a loss of unnecessary weight. We become more beautiful, our faces change and our walk gains in elasticity. Our way of standing is steady and poised, our legs are firmer, and our toes and feet spread out, giving us more stability. Our chests expand, the muscles of the abdomen start to work, the head is lighter on the neck…To watch these enchanting changes is amazing.   A different life begins and the body expresses a happiness never felt before. These are not just words; it actually happens.’
Vanda Scaravelli from the book Awakening the Spine 

‘When the chest is opening, the mind is opening, and we feel emotionally shiny, and stability comes.’
Vanda Scaravelli 

‘The still waters of a lake reflect the beauty around it. When the mind is still, the beauty of the Self is reflected.’
Vanda Scaravelli 

What is Scaravelli yoga with Catherine Annis showing Vanda Scaravelli in Gomukasana‘Yoga… it is a living process that changes moment by moment, watching when we eat. How we eat, when we walk, how we walk, what we say and how we say it. All these things must be present in us and we must be passionately interested in them all.’
Vanda Scaravelli 

 ‘A rigid mind is very sure but often wrong. A flexible mind is generally unsure, but often right.’
Vanda Scaravelli 

‘It is evident that a child will learn a piece of music more quickly where there is melody, rather than an exercise in which only technique is required. Therefore beauty comes first.  In the same way, yoga will be accepted by the body when it is done without resistance. The wave along the spine is like the melody in music. When the beautiful flow of extension is in action, this wave (felt along with the magical attraction of gravity) will help the body find the right adjustment in the performance of the various movements.’
Vanda Scaravelli 

‘Do not kill the instinct of the body for the glory of the pose.’
Vanda Scaravelli 

‘What is the binding force that holds the many worlds together and with its intensity also attracts us to each other? Can we call it gravity, energy, Love? To re-establish contact with our body is to be in contact with nature is to be in contact with the Cosmos. Balance is restored, space is around us and that tremendous power arising from the earth in unison with these universal forces, will become part of us.’
Vanda Scaravelli 

What is Scaravelli Yoga? Vanda Scaravelli with BKS Iyengar‘If we can end the swing of thoughts collected by memories in the past, and the ones that have been shaped through fantasy and projected by imagination into the future, we will find silence. Invite silence, welcome silence, and slowly silence will become a part of you.’
Vanda Scaravelli 

‘There is a division in the center of our back, where the spine moves simultaneously in two opposite directions: from the waist down towards the legs and the feet, which are pulled by gravity, and from the waist upwards, through the top of the head, lifting us up freely.’
Vanda Scaravelli 

‘Gravity is a part of nature. It holds the world together. We are all linked by it. We are linked to the earth. The earth is linked to the sun. When we are upright, the pull of gravity is from the waist down. You feel a pull. The earth pulls you down. If you are relaxed and if you are attentive with the body, you feel it. You let the body be sucked by the earth and this is gravity. At the same time the upper part becomes light, open, aware, relaxed.’
Vanda Scaravelli 

Vanda Scaravelli. Catherine Annis Scaravelli yoga teacher‘It’s about the way the spine moves from the heels to the top of the head with gravity. You let the body sink, sink, sink, and the upper part becomes light. The more you sink, the more the upper part becomes light and there is a beautiful wave in the body, and the body moves with the wave. The wave to the ground allows the gravity in the spine and through the spine, and energy goes through the top of the head. The body is pulled down, and from the waist up there is a wonderful way of feeling, of behaving, of moving. It gives a sense of authority, of freedom, of beauty.’
Vanda Scaravelli 

‘The beauty of yoga. It is the meeting of the brain with the body. When you are attentive, concentrated, when you feel what you are doing, there is energy. The binding of the two becomes energy. It is important to understand this. When they are together there is great energy, which gives the body freedom and makes the mind more supple.’
Vanda Scaravelli 

‘There is no age for yoga. You can start at 70, 80, because if it’s done with gravity, with the breath, you receive and you don’t go against, and you will never damage the body. The first thing is not to fight yourself. Be ready to receive energy. Energy helps, breathing helps. There is no age.’
Vanda Scaravelli 

‘The feeling is more interior, because the motion is inside, the feeling is inside. It’s a feeling of well-being while you do the poses not to achieve. You must never have in mind what you want to do but what the body can accept.’
Vanda Scaravelli 

‘Yoga must not be practised to control the body: it is the opposite, it must bring freedom to the body, all the freedom it needs.’
Vanda Scaravelli 

‘The adult spine is rigid and heavy and yoga, as intended here, consists in breaking bad habits and in re-educating the spine so as to bring it back to its original suppleness.’
Vanda Scaravelli 

Vanda Scaravelli from the book Awakening The Spine‘In our education we are trained to become. You try to become. You have examples, and the examples kill all possibility of being, because you have a model, and you want to copy that model. This is all imitation, and this takes you away from the possibility of being.’
Vanda Scaravelli 

‘BE CAREFUL, VERY CAREFUL about organisations. Yoga cannot be organised, must not be organised. Organisations kill work. Love is everywhere, in everything, is everything. But if you confine it, enclose it in a box or in a definite place, it disappears.’
Vanda Scaravelli 

‘It is imperative to communicate to others what you see and feel. To teach is an urge and a necessity. When you see someone in a cage or a dark room, you cannot help but open the door of the prison.’
Vanda Scaravelli 

‘Understanding leads to independence and to freedom.’
Vanda Scaravelli 

‘You have to learn how to listen to your body, going with it and not against it, avoiding all effort or strain and centering your attention on that very delicate point, the back of the waist (where the spine moves in two opposite directions). You will be amazed to discover that, if you are kind to your body, it will respond in an incredible way.’
Vanda Scaravelli 

‘Is it possible to have a different attitude in which a new intelligence, not imposed by authority, but born from interest, attention and sensitivity, will emerge and in which body and mind, fused in one single action, are collaborating together?’
Vanda Scaravelli 

‘From the act of observation in which attention is awakened, arises the art of teaching.’
Vanda Scaravelli 

‘Yoga should not be a training for body control; on the contrary it must bring freedom to the body.’ 
Vanda Scaravelli 

‘Elongation and extension can only occur when the pulling and the pushing stop.’ 
Vanda Scaravelli 

Vanda Scaravelli. Catherine Annis Scaravelli yoga teacher‘Yoga is an effortless dance with breath and gravity.’
Vanda Scaravelli 

‘In yoga the physical adjustment to the poses is total, we play with our whole bodies.’
Vanda Scaravelli 

‘An attentive mind makes an intelligent body, a dull mind – a dull body.’
Vanda Scaravelli 

‘Yoga can re-educate the body and bring back suppleness. When tensions leave the body goes back to its original state and balance is re-established.’
Vanda Scaravelli 


‘As tension is released and joints become free new deep muscles awaken, increasingly movement takes place in the spine rather than in the large superficial muscles that are accustomed to working.’

Vanda Scaravelli 

‘Movement is the song of the body.’
Vanda Scaravelli 

‘Practising yoga is like being on a body holiday.’
Vanda Scaravelli 

‘Yoga takes you by the scruff of the neck and takes you on a journey whether you like it or not!’
Vanda Scaravelli

‘Understanding leads to independence and to freedom.’
Vanda Scaravelli from the book Awakening the Spine

 

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  1. melanie says:

    Thank you for this!! :)

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